What is a funeral?
The funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for those who mourn. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss to express their love, respect, and grief. It permits facing openly and realistically the crisis that death may present. Through the funeral, the bereaved take that first step towards emotional adjustment to their loss.
What type of service should I have?
The type of service conducted for your loved one is specified by your family. Our directors are trained to help your family arrange the type of service you desire. The service is usually held at a place of worship or at our gathering space. The service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination or the wishes of your family. The presence of friends at this time is an acknowledgement of friendship and support. A private service is by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to your family’s community and religious affiliations.
Can I have a traditional funeral and be cremated after?
Absolutely. Many the families we serve choose to have a traditional funeral with their loved one’s body present for services. Following the service, we bring their loved one to our crematory rather than going to the cemetery for burial. This is a great way to give everyone an opportunity to see their family member or friend one last time and to say their goodbyes while still allowing for cremation.
Do we need to buy a vault?
There are no state or federal laws requiring you to purchase a vault for burial; however, most cemeteries do require the use of a vault or outer burial container. This is to help protect your loved one’s casket and support the weight of the earth following burial.
How many pallbearers do we need?
Most families select 6-8 pallbearers, but we can always include additional pallbearers if needed. This is a special honor usually given to family and close friends. Pallbearers can be men or women.
What clothing should we provide for the burial?
We invite families to bring in clothing for their loved one to wear. This could be a favorite sweatshirt, best suit, or a special cultural outfit. A modest neckline and long sleeves typically work best.
Can jewelry be returned to family prior to burial?
Yes. Most families ask that special items like wedding rings, watches or rosaries are returned to them prior to burial.